Industry Update

RBCemployment figures

February 8, 2019

Canadian employment growth rebounded in January after slowing over the first half of 2018.

Read more: Job growth rebounds, housing starts slip in January: RBC

Immigration pilot program seeks skilled labour

February 6, 2019

The owner of a welding shop in Sudbury, ON is applauding the recently announced federal Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a program to encourage skilled immigrants to settle in rural and remote parts of the country.

Read more: Sudbury welder hires skilled immigrants to beat labour shortage

Bombardier's new CRJ550

February 6, 2019

Bombardier has launched the new CRJ550, a 50-passenger addition to its regional jet series.

Read more: Bombardier launches new 50-seater aircraft

Tariffs still a sore spot

February 3, 2019

Two months following the signing of the “new NAFTA” – better known as USMCA – U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum remain a sore spot between the two countries.

Read more: Trump tariffs still an issue despite new NAFTA

UAW calls for GM boycott

February 3, 2019

The United Auto Workers has joined autoworkers’ union Unifor in calling on General Motors to keep North American plants running.

Read more: UAW joins Canada autoworkers’ call to boycott GM cars made in Mexico

Purchasing managers' index

February 1, 2019

The IHS Markit Canada manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has recorded the slowest growth in manufacturing production since December 2016.

Read more: January PMI: slowest production growth in two years

BPP web shop precision flat ground inventory

January 29, 2019

Buffalo Precision Products has expanded the Buffalo Precision web shop for precision flat ground stock and drill rod steels for Canadian customers.

Read more: Buffalo opens web shop for Canadian customers

Hypertherm training grant program expands

January 29, 2019

Hypertherm is now accepting applications for its Spark Something Great educational grant program.

Read more: Hypertherm expands school grant program

Hexagon Calgary

January 29, 2019

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has expanded its footprint into western Canada with a new office in Calgary, Alberta.

Read more: Hexagon opens Western Canada office

This Fives Viper Automated Fiber Placement machine, integrated with NRC profiling technology, enables high quality, real time in process inspection for the aerospace industry. Photo: NRC

January 23, 2019

The National Research Council (NRC) has announced a partnership with the industrial engineering group Fives to improve the efficiency of manufacturing composite parts for the aerospace sector.

Read more: NRC and Fives team up on aero inspection systems

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